Beyond the headlines 2012
Concordia influencing the world
Concordia’s researchers are making headlines across the country and around the world for their contributions in domains as varied as biology, engineering, and design. In this second annual edition of Beyond the Headlines we meet the individuals behind research projects that have made impressions in the media over the past year. In conversation with invited guests, the researchers delve into the myriad exciting findings that have arisen from their work.
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Presenteeism hurts productivity
Why do some people show up at work even when they’re sick? Gary JOHNS, the Concordia University Research Chair in Management, has conducted research on the phenomenon of presenteeism, which shows it’s a widespread and costly problem. He discussed his findings with human resources executive Gina RIZZO.
On cancer research
Unexpected discovery could halt cancer
While conducting research on chemicals with the potential to interrupt aging, Concordia biology professor Vladimir TITORENKO happened upon one that selectively kills off cancer cells. In this conversation, Titorenko and endocrinologist Thomas SANDERSON discuss how they are pursuing further research into the cancer-fighting qualities of lithocholic acid.
Building sustainable cities
Buildings are more than just the sum of their parts. Concordia Engineering Professor Adel HANNA says the quality of the ground they are built on also has a great effect on their lifespan. Good land is running out in our urban areas, and at the same time, there is a big push underway to build more sustainable cities. Hanna and architect Pierre BRISSET discuss how and where to build new structures in urban centres that work.
High marks for home-schooling
Sandra MARTIN-CHANG, an assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Education, recently grabbed headlines with her research that shows children who were home-schooled scored higher than their peers in seven different subjects. Wendi HADD, who teaches sociology at John Abbott College, home-schooled all six of her own children. She and Martin-Chang discuss the challenges and rewards of assuming responsibility for your child’s learning.
On popular culture
Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir
It was over forty years ago that the largest and most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century took place in Montreal. Rhona RICHMAN-KENNEALLY, Chair of Concordia’s Department of Design and Computational Arts recently co-edited a book about the fair, Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir. In conversation with filmmaker Germaine YING-GEE WONG, who was a hostess at Expo, Richman-Kenneally explores the cultural legacy left behind by the exhibition.